Are you looking for a gift for a 2-10 year old child that is fun, but also supports sound mathematics and development of conceptual understanding? Then check out my top pics for math gifts this year! Many gifts out there claim to support mathematical understanding, but it is important to look at some key criteria when choosing a gift that supports mathematical understanding.
The makings of a mathematical gift.
Ask yourself these three questions:
Does it provide multiple representations?
Does it encourage problem-solving skills?
Does it support conceptual understanding over memorization?
A fun way to count by ones, fives and tens (as well as work on multiplication and problem solving skills)!
Practice counting within ten while supporting one-to-one correspondence! Perfect for young children learning about numbers!
Have fun counting and problem solving with the cutest abacus I've ever seen! This is a great tool for homework for K-2 children!
Work on visual-spatial skills while learning about patterns, shapes, angles, composite figures, area, perimeter and more!
Build conceptual understanding of numbers within 10, 50 and 100. Bonus! This toy doubles as a problem solving tool for homework too and the characters are too cute!
Support early multiplication skills as children learn to skip count by twos in this engaging, colorful, math children's book!
See multiple representations of numbers 1-10 in this adorable children's book! I love how it has numbers on ever page and even includes 5 and 10 frames!
Help a child build a positive, growth mindset towards math and believe that they CAN do hard things, and they can grow their brain in math and other areas!
And Another Idea...
And don't forget to check out my podcast The Dog Ate My Homework is a great way to stay connected and get all the latest tips and ideas for elementary math. It is geared towards elementary parents, with a lot of background information, and at-home tips, tricks, games and ideas to try to support student math fluency and problem solving. It's also great for new teachers, teachers who are switching grade levels, teaching assistants and more!
And if you don't already follow me on Instagram, check me out! I post tips, tricks and ideas for elementary math educators and parents!